• Jul 27th 2009 at 6:58PM
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Note to Smart Fortwo owners in the Netherlands: Don't park your itty-bitty city cars near easily-accessible bodies of water. If you thought the car's errant transmission and its rough-and-tumble shifts were your biggest concern, you've likely never heard of the latest craze sweeping Amsterdam: "Smart Smijten." That's 'Smart Tipping' in American, and the reality of the situation is just about as distasteful as it sounds to owners of affected Fortwos.
Since drivers of the diminutive little urban runabouts often choose to back into parking spots side-by-side in order to save on congestion, it's reportedly quite easy for drunken revelers to lift the front of the Fortwo and tip it tail-first right into a canal. As you'd expect, any car that spends the night sleeping with the fishes at the bottom of a canal is very likely a total loss. Police in Amsterdam are working to crack the case, though the main concern at this point is stopping copycat criminals.

[Source: De Telegraaf via Gadling]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate it when people destroy others' stuff for no reason, but then again I hate Smart, so I remain neutral on this. My uncle and his drunk Marine buddies only moved the Minis to the sidewalk lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, that's kinda special.

        Why do they bother you so much?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So tasteless.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      im going to do this to tata nanos when they come out here.
      i hate them
      • 6 Years Ago
      People were turning Yaris hatchbacks upside down in Canada when they first came out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a smart, and I find the whole situation to be distasteful. That being said, smart tipping has been going on for years - it's just as bad. I'm active on several US-based smart forums, and people are flipping out about this as if it is going to happen here. On the whole the situation is sad, but also kind of funny. You have to be able to laugh at yourself to drive one of these cars and deal with a bit of ridicule from others, and if you can't - you'll not have a happy ownership experience. If others want to pay my car note, they can have an opinion - that's how I look at it.

      I suppose my perspective is a bit different though - I live in Washington, DC and not the Netherlands... as long as my pregnant roller skate doesn't end up in the Potomac, I think I'll be ok.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if they catch the vandals - they should put THEM underwater overnight as punishment. If they can hold their breath for 8 hours they are free to go. If not - justice is served.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I think its a terror campaign from rinspeed, and they will show in Frankfurt the new Smart Squba!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing that a few well placed spring loaded clamps to shackle the drunken moron so he can go for a swim with the Smart car to fix that problem....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good idea to avoid copycat vandals by putting it on the Internet. I had never heard of it, but now that I have it definitely does sound fun to do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some people get the police state they deserve I guess...

      In a world falling into authoritarism, which always leads to abuse, there will always be idiots that make the tyrants of the world jobs easier by having completely antisocial and uncivilized behaviour, justifying the investment on ever more encroaching and repressive technology and policing.

      Laugh now you bafoons, but we'll all be slaves in part because of these atitudes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The trouble is "Smart Smijten" is too cute to not think it's fun to do. What they should be doing is what we used to do in England years ago with Mini-Mokes. Four guys each grab a corner and lift it into a place that is totally out of whack. The whole idea was to find a location that would cause no damage to either the vehicle or surroundings. When the owner came out they'd be going crazy trying to figure out how their car ended up on the other side of the wall and how they would get it back.

      Best part would be you'd pretend you were just passing by and offer to help get it back and expect a few pounds tip to go buy some more beers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny how there are readers on here who pretty much endorse the vandals because they "hate" a particular car (probably because it's not a New Camaro or a Hummer) and probably have never owned one.

      I, for one, think the canal dunking of the vandals is a fantastic idea! Anyone who spends a large amount of money on a product that they like (REGARDLESS of if you like it or not!) is going to be devastated seeing those little headlamps looking up from the murky depths pleading for a hook truck and a towel (and a rewire, and an engine rebuild...).

      Besides, shouldn't these bastards be picking on someone their own size?
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